Thursday, 20 August 2015

Oman - plant varieties

A useful, brief, summary from good friends Saba & Co in their June 2015 newsletter (here) on the publication of the implementing regulations of Royal Decree No. 49 of 2009 promulgating the Law on the Protection of Breeders’ Rights in New Varieties of Plants.

They report that:
  • applications may now be filed with the General Directorate for Plant and Animal Research at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. 
  • filing requirements stipulate that applications must include a title and a full description, along with seeds and any other information or samples that may be requested by the authorities concerned. The protection term is 25 years for trees and grapevines, and 20 years for other plant varieties. 
  • renewal fees will have to be paid annually from the filing date.

They then include a useful summary table setting some information about Cyprus, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and the UAE.

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